Helen J. (Saumty-Jones) Thrasher, 74, of Shawnee, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Shawnee.

Helen J. (Saumty-Jones) Thrasher, 74, of Shawnee, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Shawnee.

She was born Jan. 3, 1943, to Roy and Lillian (O’Field) Saumty-Jones in Lawton.

Helen was raised and attended grade school in Gotebo. She was a 1961 graduate of Cooperton Valley High School in Cooperton. After graduation she attended Bacone College in Muskogee via an ABC scholarship under the name of Roy Saumty, earning her associate's degree in applied science. She continued her education at Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee, earning her degree in nursing.

She married Robert Paul “Bob” Thrasher on Oct. 5, 1975, in Shawnee, and he preceded her in death in 2001.

Helen was a member of Cornerstone Indian Baptist Church in Little Axe and a charter member of Sallateeska Baptist Church. She was proud of her Native American Heritage and a proud member of the Kiowa Tribe. She also was a member of the AARP, Kiowa War Mothers, Woodman of the World and Wives of Police Officers.

Nursing was her calling and she spent 30 years as a dedicated nurse. Helen loved people and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She made many beautiful quilts for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and others to enjoy. She was an excellent cook and was always asked to make the fry bread at every family event. Helen loved fast pitch softball of which she pitched and was like no other! She was an avid reader of many books, especially her Bible. She began her day with her daily Bible reading and a cup of Swiss Moche. Helen loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her life and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Thrasher; son, Mark Allen Thrasher; her parents, Reverend Roy Saumty and Lillian Saumty; three brothers, Frank R. Saumty, Robert W. Saumty and Billy Saumty; and sister, Jeanne Lewis.

Those left to cherish her memories, one daughter and son-in-law, Lillian Joyce and Alex Fish of Okemah; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry Ricker Jr. and Marcine Ricker of Ada, and Michael and Karen Ricker of El Reno; one granddaughter and spouse, Jasmine Roey Ricker and Tyler Nix of Shawnee; one grandson, Michael Sean Ricker of Tecumseh; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Carroll E. and Ruthe Saumty-Jones of Okmulgee, Joe W. and Donna Saumty-Jones of Shawnee, Sam D. and Teresa Saumty-Jones of Tulsa, and John C. Saumty-Jones of Shawnee; one sister, Wyvonna “Leu” Saumty-Jones Hatley of Ft. Gibson; and numerous other loving family and extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 25, at Cooper Funeral Home. Wake service will be 7 p.m., Sunday, June 25, at Sallateeska Baptist Church.

Service will be 2 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Sallateeska Baptist Church with Reverend Jimmy Anderson and Reverend Victor Cope officiating. Kiowa Tribal Committal Service will follow at Johnson Cemetery, Shawnee, with Aaron Jones presenting under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.